Paris is one of the top destination cities in the world and the favourite capital of many a traveller for good reason. With so much great culture, history, food and sights on offer to enjoy it's easy to find a long weekend in Paris fly by and still not get the time to do everything. Finding cheap accommodation in Paris is essential if you are to spend any time here trying to explore what this city of light has to offer.
Thankfully Paris is quite easy to navigate as it's broken up into 20 numerical districts known as arrondissements. Though accommodation is spread out over the city most of the cheaper hotels and hostels are located on the east side of this great capital city of France.
Of all the districts in Paris most of the best budget accommodation can be found here. The 10th district is however best known for both the Canal St. Martin and the great Gare du Nord train station. For those wanting to enjoy weekend strolls along a Parisian canal you'll find the streets along Canal St. Martin traffic free on Saturday evenings and all day on Sundays. Lined with trees, quaint bridges and several cafés it makes for a pleasant afternoon stroll.
Place de la République to the south has a host of pleasant bars, cafés and restaurants to enjoy. For those looking to get into the centre of Paris or surrounding attractions the metro is your key with Place de la République linking to the rest of the city with ease.
If you are looking to sample some of the best local cafés, bars and small restaurants in Paris then staying near 11e arrondissement is a good choice. Place de Bastille is filled with restaurants, cafés and bars favoured by expats, trendy Parisians and many long-stay foreigners. With a tinge of Latino tastes slipping into many establishments it's perfect for a multicultural night out.
Meanwhile along Rue Oberkampf you'll find even more local establishments that meet many traditional French requirements for a café. With neighbouring districts to the west close to the centre of Paris finding affordable accommodation here is perfect for foodies and wine lovers alike!
The train station Gare de Lyon is the main travel hub in arrondissement 12e which is the largest of Paris' districts. Being neighbours with the wine and café friendly district 11e it also borders two city centre districts with top sights like Notre Dame, The Panthéon, the Museum of Natural History, the Grand Mosque, and Paris city hall. Meanwhile within the district itself there's Opéra Bastille which is one of the premier venues in the world for performing arts.
Nature lovers will adore the over 4km of Promenade Plantée and Bois de Vincennes. For history buffs do take a visit to Lafayettes Tomb where you can see the grave of George Washington's friend and fellow soldier General Lafayette. Budget accommodation is widespread throughout this district while Gare de Lyon and Gare de Bercy give you metro access to the rest of Paris' fantastic attractions.
This content was contributed by David Ways.